• A Taste of Israel and EIE

    Recently, all of the EIE students and I went on our first field trip (tiyul) of the semester. The destination was Tel Gezer, an ancient Canaanite city nestled in the foothills of the Judean Mountains.


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  • 500 Years of History in One Week!

    Sunday, we visited several sites to get a sense of what it was like to live in First Temple Jerusalem. The rain hampered us a bit but, from the places we were able to visit like the First Temple Museum, we could visualize what Jerusalem was like 3,000 years ago.


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  • Finding Balance on EIE

    While sitting in a circle filled with sixty three people whom I hadn’t known just a week and a half before, I reflected on my past week. A week ago the whole EIE experience was completely unfamiliar to me.


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  • Have You Ever Seen Such a Beautiful Place?

    “ARE THOSE CACTI?!” I shouted as my friends and I walked up the Tel. Sure enough, there were dozens and dozens of cacti surrounding the dirt path that lead to our destination. But, unsurprisingly, the cacti were nowhere close to the most beautiful part of our short hike.


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  • From Transformational to Routine Moments on EIE

    In writing about our experience at the Kotel recently, I mentioned our ancestors’ experience at Mt. Sinai. The moment of revelation is dramatic


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  • Friday Evening at the Western Wall and a Memorable First Shabbat In Israel

    It was brisk on Friday afternoon. Exiting the bus in the parking lot at the Zion Gate, students saw their breath, a reminder that it is winter here on the cusp of the Judean Desert. We made our way from Zion Gate


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  • 63 Teens Arrive to Israel as the 2016 Spring Semester Begins!

    Paul Reichenbach is the Director of Camping and Israel Programs for the Union for Reform Judaism. In spite of the incredible snowstorm that brought transportation to a standstill last weekend, I am thrilled to share that the Spring 2016 semester of the NFTY-EIE High School in Israel commenced this week. Although the storm delayed some of our students’ arrival […]


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  • Fall 2015 Photo Contest Winner: Havdalah, My Favorite Part of Shabbat on EIE

    Celia Goldfarb, of Chevy Chase, MD, was the winner of the Fall 2015 Photo Contest. She is a member of Temple Sinai in Washington, DC and an active participant in NFTY-MAR. Here, she describes the inspiration for her winning photo. What is Havdalah? A time to welcome a new week and a time to say goodbye to […]


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  • Living, Learning, and Loving: Three Keys to an Amazing Israel Experience

    As I sit down to write this blog post for the Spring 2016 EIE class, I can’t help but shudder at the fact that I am on this side of the correspondence. Today, almost a year after I embarked on my own EIE journey, I am able to look back and realize that I am […]


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  • Reliving Memories of a Semester on EIE

    Rabbi Rachel Kaplan Marks participated on EIE in the Spring of 2003. A longtime camper and counselor at OSRUI, she is currently the Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Shalom in Milwaukee. Earlier this Fall, she traveled to Israel  as a delegate to the World Zionist Congress with ARZA, and had the opportunity to visit EIE at Kibbutz […]


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